29 in-demand jobs in Canada

Canadian policies favor 29 in-demand jobs

By Wilson Bailon

source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 10:01:00 07/11/2010

Filed Under: Overseas Employment, Americas – Canada


VANCOUVER, Canada—There are about half a million Filipino immigrants in Canada, most of them living in the big cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and Montreal.

In 2008, the Philippines outpaced China and India as the top source country for permanent residents and foreign workers combined. That year, 69,893 Filipinos—24,887 permanent residents and 45,006 temporary workers—entered Canada.

The trend will likely continue in the foreseeable future as Canada reshapes its immigration policy to put a premium on quality skilled workers over other entrants. Thus, in 2008, Canadian policy-makers decided to fast-track the entry of so-called economic-class immigrants. The aim is to attract highly-skilled newcomers to man the computers, build skyscrapers, and care for an aging populace.

This aggressive immigration policy has greatly enhanced the chances of Filipino immigrant applicants. It has also reduced the processing time from about seven years to seven months.

Under revised regulations governing the Federal Skilled Worker Program starting June this year, only those who belong to one of the 29 in-demand occupations identified by the government are eligible to apply for permanent residence.

In-demand skills

The 29 in-demand occupations are:

  1. Restaurant and food service managers;
  2. primary production managers (except agriculture);
  3. professional occupations in business services to management;
  4. insurance adjusters and claims examiners;
  5. biologists and related scientists;
  6. architects;
  7. Specialist physicians;
  8. general practitioners and family physicians;
  9. dentists;
  10. pharmacists;
  11. physiotherapists;
  12. registered nurses;
  13. medical radiation technologists;
  14. dental hygienists and dental therapists;
  15. licensed practical nurses;
  16. psychologists;
  17. social workers;
  18. Chefs;
  19. cooks;
  20. contractors and supervisors in carpentry trades;
  21. electricians (except industrial and power system);
  22. industrial electricians;
  23. plumbers;
  24. welders and related machine operators;
  25. heavy-duty equipment mechanics;
  26. crane operators;
  27. drillers and blasters—surface mining,
  28. quarrying, and construction supervisors,
  29. oil and gas drilling and service.

Applicants are also assessed based on a set of criteria which include work experience, education, age, proficiency in English or French, and adaptability.

Under this selection process, immigrants from the Philippines have more than a fair chance of qualifying. For one, the country has an oversupply of skilled workers in many of the listed occupations. Filipinos also score high in English language proficiency.

According to recent government statistics, the Philippines has become the leading source of skilled workers (including temporary workers) in the past few years, followed by China and India.

Under Canadian immigration laws, citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their spouses, dependent children, parents, and grandparents to join them here.

A longer route

Skilled workers who do not fall under any of the in-demand occupations may still enter Canada and eventually become permanent residents by going through the longer route of becoming a temporary worker first.

Temporary foreign workers are constantly needed to fill certain job vacancies in different Canadian provinces, ranging from caregivers or nannies and fast-food attendants to power lines installers and hotel housekeeping staff.

But many of these jobs are classified as low-skilled and workers in this category are not eligible to apply for permanent residence. Only two kinds of temporary workers are eligible: Those who have job offers for a full-time position in a managerial, professional, or technical capacity for an indeterminate period, and those who are live-in caregivers with at least two years of work experience here.


The writer is a certified Canadian immigration consultant. He can be reached at wgb.westbound@gmail.com.

9 thoughts on “29 in-demand jobs in Canada

  1. Dear Sir / Madame,

    I Carmelito P. David a 43 years old and presently employed at Robelle Restaurant at Robelle Hotel located in JP Rizal Ave. Makati city. Philippines. I work as a Head waiter and cashier reliever for more than 15 yrs. How I wish to work abroad most especially in canada…even in a very humble beginning, for us to have a good life wishing you to help me to fulfilled my dreams.

    Respectfully Yours
    Carmelito P. David.

  2. Hi Carmelito.
    I think you have enough experience to be able to work abroad. Do email wgb.westbound@gmail.com about your credentials/work experience as Wilson Bailon is the Canadian immigration consultant. You can also go to POEA and check openings there, to be sure it’s legal. Then ask assistance from there.

    ‘Hope that helps. And let me know how else I can assist you. 🙂


  3. Im julius presently workin as fireman here in the philippines 40 yrs old age i earned 12 yrs on my present job im a firetruck driver. willing to get in touched with you to have a good job in there hoping you can help me..thanks more power

  4. Hi,i want to go there in canada as housekeeping,what can i do?im working before in hotel.can u give me idea.thank u

  5. I RENE T.BUAN ,44yrs old a pilipino worker presently working in Afghanistan since june 7 2009 as carpenter foreman in the province of Hemand camp Dwyer.I would like to inquire how can i grab this once in a life time opportunity to work in your beutiful country with my knowlege and skills.As you know sir/madam my wife is also working as a caregiver since March 2009 in the province of Quebec,Canada.Please dont make me loose of this opportunity.Wishing you to help me to fullfilled my dreams come true.Thank you.

  6. hi!i want do there as an insurance adjuster and claims.what can ido?please inform me.

  7. im maximo mabandos i was working before, as a carer from country court care one a big care home from spalding common.lincolnshire england i wish to work to canada could you help me to fine the employer

  8. hi. im apolinario sales 42 years old. i was an employee of ASIA INTERNATIONAL AUCTIONEERS INC. FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. a yard supervisor. i want to work in canada could you help me to find a job or employer. thank u

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